MtSnow reviews the audiobook of An Erie Halloween (Lake Erie Shifters, Book 1) by V.L. Lacey (Originally published October 30, 2013, by Torquere Press, LLC, 65 pages. Audiobook released September 14, 2016, 2 hrs 45 min length. Narrated by Ron Welch.)
Why I read this: I picked up this audiobook on my own, with the Halloween theme in mind since it IS that time of the year *smiles*
Templeton Reed has been hiding his inner polecat since he was a child. Keeping his animal secreted is hard for a shifter, especially when one is living in a secret community of mystical beings. It’s the wolf shifters that cause Templeton the most trouble with their darned sensitive noses.
Templeton has a run-in with the Lake Erie pack and their alpha, Mikel Lupei, at the Office for Transmogrification Registration (OTTER). Templeton has a desk job checking registration papers and dealing with wolf shifters is not part of his job description. After that upsetting meeting, the meek and mild office worker suddenly finds himself in the center of not only civil unrest among the shifter community, but a violent plan for a coup aimed at rousting Mikel.
Templeton and Mikel, a skilled tracker of rogue shifters, are soon not only fighting for their lives, they’re also fighting the rigidly archaic rules of their kind, as well as the person responsible for trying to take over Mikel’s pack from the inside. Can this magical odd couple turn a passionate attraction into a full-fledged love affair.
The narrator – Ron Welch is a new-to-me narrator and has a very pleasant voice. The only real trouble that pulled me out of the story a bit was his mispronunciation of words. For example, ‘armoire’ he pronounced ‘arm-ORY’ and ‘livery’ he pronounced as ‘LIVE-er-y. He was very good with the sardonic tone the 1st person character was pulling across though, so I rounded up for effort. I just wish, especially since the story was so short, that someone had taken the time to listen post-production, and given feedback BEFORE release. But, in saying this, it was nice also to feel it was created with quality sound equipment as there were no odd sounds, echoing, or mouth noises, and with more and more audios being released in this genre, it is a good thing to have the quality in recording recognized. I would definitely listen to more from him.
The story – Okay, so to start with, I was VERY skeptical about the idea of a timid little bookish skunk shifter in ANY WAY getting into a hot and heavy situation with a wolf-shifter, especially as they are known for their heightened sense of smell. *HA* But the humor in this story was so tongue-in-cheek and a different take on shifters, that I just let myself roll with it. And it WAS fun, even if it was very much outside the realm of believability with the madcap scenarios our character ‘Templeton’ (yes, named like the rat in the story about the pig) gets himself into.
The fact he is blind as a bat without his spectacles, and his only real self defense is in the lifting of his striped tail, and the spraying of a most obnoxious musk? Well, I have to be honest, it’s a whole new take on shifters, and the possibilities were endless.
As for Mikel’s wolfshifter character, the narrator gave him a very ‘Transylvania’ sounding accent, and I don’t know if it was in an attempt to give tribute to the Russian sounding name, but quite a few times, as he’s thinking of bathing himself in peroxide or tomato juice, it was rather hard to take him seriously as the hot alpha wolf he is portrayed as in this story. But, he definitely is persistent *snort*.
Much of the story was very light and funny, with some dark moments in it with a bit of blood and gore here and there…and some of the gore was actually exploding pumpkin guts!! And the image of our hero in hot pink hot pants? Oh my!! Ha! The things he has to do to get out of some ‘hairy’ situations made me chuckle..
Yes, there was definitely a touch of insta-love, and a lot is shoved into the almost 3-hour audio that had me wondering how anything like this could happen in like only a 1-week timeframe, but it wasn’t a bad way to wile away a few hours. Recommended for anyone that wants a light-hearted romp and an introduction into a different take on what can happen when unlikely shifter animals decide to become lovers.
7.5/10 Pots of Gold (75% Recommended) – Compares to 3.5/5 Stars
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, yoga, reading and writing lusty tales, walking, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)
She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.
When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, fresh cup of java in hand.